Baked Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions.
  • 5 tbsp butter, unsalted
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ tsp ground mustard
  • 2 cups milk, whole or 2%
  • 1 ½ cup half and half cream
  • 4 cups Cheddar Cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Crumb Topping:
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp butter, unsalted and melted

Instructions

FIRST STEP:

Place the butter in a saucepan on medium heat.

Add the flour to the melted butter and stir for 1 minute

SECOND STEP:

Slowly add in the milk and the half and half, ground mustard, salt and pepper, whisking as you add each

Remove from the heat and add in the shredded cheese a little at a time.

Continue stirring as you add the cheese

THIRD STEP:

Drain and rinse the elbow macaroni and place back into baking dish

Carefully pour the cheese mixture over the macaroni

FOURTH STEP:

Stir to mix well

Mix the ingredients for the topping in a separate bowl and sprinkle on top of the macaroni and cheese

Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil

FIFTH STEP:

Bake at 350* for 40 to 45 minutes

Remove the foil from the dish and return to the oven to broil the top for a minute or two.

Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

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